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String of break-ins in Tucson neighborhood

Posted at 6:41 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 20:34:36-04

People living in an eastside neighborhood are now keeping an eye out for what's out of the ordinary in this eastside neighborhood after eight reported home break-ins since August 11th.

“It’s pretty scary,” said Kevin Miller, who moved into his home less than a month ago. “I work nights. I’m here all day and I haven't heard anything,” he said.

The reports are clustered in the Calle Del Valle neighborhood, north of 22nd Street, south of Eli Drive, between Craycroft Road to the west and Wilmot Rd. to the east, according to the Tucson Police Department.

“It is disconcerting,” said John Keller who has experienced similar crime on his street before. He says two years ago he walked in on a burglar in her carport late one night. “I turn on the light and the gentleman had stuff piled up in the driveway just as calm as could be.”

Keller, who is now retired and home most of the day, says he’s now paying more attention to who’s on his street and what they’re doing after learning about a break-in a couple blocks to the west.

Betina Keller says last week she came home to find someone had tried to get into her house through a kitchen window and had swiped packages off the porch.

The timing of the crimes is also alarming to her: of the eight reports over the last two weeks all but two happened on weekdays. “I feel very afraid, I feel that my privacy has been invaded,” she said. “I’m scared somebody's been watching to see my comings and goings.”